Join us for Cycle to the Park Day

By on 22/09/2014 in News

Brummies are being urged to get on their bikes and head to the park on Sunday 28 September for a fun-filled day of activities aimed at the whole family.

The Cycle to the Park initiative will be held at five sites across the city, linking-up with the hugely successful Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives to offer a with a wide range of FREE outdoor activities.

And organisers believe Birmingham's first ever Cycle to the Park event will appeal to people of all ages and communities whatever their cycling abilities.

Activities will be on offer at the following parks from 11am to 2pm:

  • Sutton Park (Town Gate entrance)
  • Cannon Hill Park
  • Edgbaston Reservoir and Summerfield Park
  • Sheldon Country Park
  • Ward End Park

A range of FREE activities will be on offer through the Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives scheme, including:

  • Guided rides
  • Dr Bike
  • Archery
  • Zumba
  • Badminton
  • Tai Chi
  • Water Sports
  • Ranger activities
  • and much more

Cyclists should book in advance to join the 11am guided rides at Cannon Hill Park, Sutton Park and Edgbaston Reservoir. Go to:

NB: While all activities are free to participants, you must bring your own bike and must arrive 20 minutes before a guided ride to allow your bike to be safety checked.

Children under 16 must wear a helmet and be accompanied by an adult on the ride.

Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for a Green, Smart and Sustainable City at Birmingham City Council, said: “Birmingham’s wonderful parks are perfect places for cycling and this is another exciting event to get people out of their cars and onto their bikes.

“The Birmingham Cycle Revolution aims to make Birmingham a cycling city and I’m delighted that events like Cycle to the Park are encouraging more and more people to get on two wheels.”

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr John Cotton, added: “We know that many people need to be more physically active and, while for some that means joining a gym, others want to get their exercise outdoors.

“Cycling is a great way to keep fit and active, as is our ParkLives initiative offering lots of free activities in parks across the city. So if you also cycle to the ParkLives activities you get double the benefit.”


Notes to Editors

11am Cycle to the Park – Cannon Hill Park Explorer

11am Cycle to the Park – Millionaire Miles (Sutton Park)

11am Cycle to the Park – City Sights (Edgbaston Reservoir)

Active Parks Birmingham – ParkLives

Building on the success of the award-winning free physical activity Be Active scheme, Birmingham City Council, with the support of Birmingham Sport and Physical Activity Partnership, launched Active Parks as a six-site pilot in 2013. Visitors to the five sites were offered a wide range of free activities, including:

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Tai Chi
  • Park Fit
  • Bushcraft
  • Gardening
  • Buggyfit
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Walking

In February, Active Parks was used as an example of best practice in Lord Coe’s report: Moving More, Living More The Physical Activity Olympic and Paralympic Legacy for the Nation:

In May 2014, the initiative was expanded to deliver more activities as part of Coca-Cola Zero ParkLives, a programme of fun and free activities in parks. The programme is part of Coca-Cola Great Britain's commitment to invest £20m between now and 2020 in programmes to encourage and support people to be more physically active.


Additional information on physical inactivity

ukactive Turning the tide of inactivity Report – January 2014

  • One in four people in England fail to achieve more than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week over a 28-day period even though they can do it in three ten-minute bites.
  • Highest deprivation areas are almost 10 per cent more physically inactive than lowest deprivation areas.
  • There is a disproportionately low spend on programmes to tackle physical inactivity by local authorities compared to other top tier public health concerns.
  • Reducing physical inactivity by just one per cent a year over a five year period would save local authorities £1.2 billion.
  • Birmingham is ranked 132 out of 150 councils nationwide in terms of activity levels. 34.27 % of adults in Birmingham are inactive.

The Birmingham Cycle Revolution

The Birmingham Cycle Revolution aims to make cycling an everyday way to travel in Birmingham over the next 20 years. We want 5% of all trips in the city to be made by bike by 2023 and to double this again to 10% by 2033. This will help to make our city healthier, greener, safer and less congested.

We will start by improving cycling facilities within a 20-minute cycling time of Birmingham city centre, with 95km of improvements to existing routes and 115km of new cycle routes. We will:

  • Improve cycling conditions on popular routes into the city centre;
  • Provide quiet cycling routes and 20mph areas within residential areas;
  • Upgrade towpaths on canals;
  • Develop new cycling green routes through parks and open spaces;
  • Improve local links to cycle routes;
  • Provide new secure cycle parking hubs; and
  • Develop cycle loan and hire schemes to make it easier for people to get started.


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